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Double Cluster and Stock 2 region by cybermystic, on Flickr

Completely clear last night so the perfect opportunity to try out a new Canon 200mm prime lens I just purchased. Canon 5D MkII camera and sitting on top of the mini-WASP array (Paramount) so I could dither the subs. Only 6 subs at 3-minutes per sub. ISO 800 f#4 IDAS filter, north is to the left. This is the Double Cluster/Stock 2 region - and if I had framed the thing properly I could have also got the whole of the Heart nebula in as well.

What can I say? Almost perfect stars corner to corner, which over such a massive field of view is pretty incredible and actually quite a bit better than my refractors! Colour is not too good but that is down to my processing and I have to work out a new processing schedule for these DSLR images.

Conclusions? Gobsmacked really at how well a £600 lens performs astronomically. I have PLENTY of targets lined up ready for this little beauty to grab.


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